Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A group, Kogi Elders’ Forum has appealed to President Muhamadu Buhari to appoint an Engineer as a Minister of Ministry of Mines and Steel to serve as an impetus and catalyst for the for the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company .
The appeal is contained in a press statement signed by the Chairman of the forum ,Chief Julius A N. Elukpo and copy of which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja , advised the President to consider an expert to man this sensitive position.
“Your Excellency is aware that ,Since Ajaokuta Steel Company was conceived and completed to the present level ,no engineer has been appointed as Minister in charge of Supervisory Ministry. This Kogi Elders’ Forum believes has contributed to negatively and militated against its completion and performance,”
The Forum also noted that Kogi Elders’ Forum is an incorporated , a non political and non government organisation whose objectives including supporting and advising governments.
‘We also see ourselves as custodian of federal government establishments in Kogi State and as part of dividends of democracy from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“We are confident that if an Engineer is appointed as the Minister for the Ministry of Mines and Steel to oversee the activities established Steel Company among his numerous responsibility ,the performance will change and the perception will also change all over the World .It will then achieve the desired objectives for a which it has been established,the forum stressed.